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Finals Week 1 charges: Kikau guilty; Smith takes plea; Niukore out

Panthers ace Viliame Kikau was found guilty of a dangerous throw charge at the NRL judiciary on Tuesday night and received a one-match ban.

Kikau was charged with a grade one dangerous throw for a first-half tackle in Friday night's 29-28 win over the Roosters.

Kikau penalised for lifting tackle

Kikau was facing a one-week ban for the tackle on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves irrespective of whether he entered an early guilty plea or went to the judiciary and lost his case.

The verdict means Penrith have the make the grand final for him to play again this year.

Storm hooker Cameron Smith has elected to take the early guilty plea after he was charged for a dangerous throw in his side's win over Parramatta and will avoid suspension.

The match review committee decided Smith's 48th-minute tackle on Dylan Brown was worthy of a grade-one charge - which attracts 100 demerit points.

Melbourne officials were seriously considering contesting the charge at the judiciary on Tuesday night even though their skipper would have been suspended for next Saturday's preliminary final if found guilty.

Smith has entered an early guilty plea and cop the 75 demerit points, enabling him to play the grand final qualifier against the winner of this Friday's Roosters v Raiders semi-final.

Storm captain Cameron Smith.
Storm captain Cameron Smith. ©NRL Photos

Parramatta forward Marata Niukore has accepted a two-match ban after receiving a grade-one crusher tackle charge.

He will now only play again this season if the Eels make the grand final.

Knights hooker Chris Randall has accepted a two-match suspension after pleading guilty to a crusher tackle offence from his side's loss to South Sydney.

Due to having a 20 per cent loading for a previous suspension and 45 carry-over points, Randall was facing a two-week ban irrespective of whether he entered an early guilty plea or challenged the case at the judiciary and lost.

The tackle in question was a 69th-minute incident involving Rabbitohs five-eighth Cody Walker.

Sharks duo Sione Katoa and Siosifa Talakai have been fined $550 each for incidents in their team's loss to Canberra, as has Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves ($850) for a careless high tackle on Panthers fullback Dylan Edwards.

 

Name Viliame Kikau
Club Panthers
Time Minute of Match 8th
Charge/Incident Dangerous throw
Charge Grade 1
Result - Guilty or Not Guilty Guilty at panel
Matches to Serve 1
Points/Fine Calculation 180
Carry-over Points 80
Misconduct on whom? Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

 

Name Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Club Roosters
Time Minute of Match 21st
Charge/Incident High tackle - Careless
Charge Grade 1
Result - Guilty or Not Guilty Guilty - Early plea
Matches to Serve 0
Points/Fine Calculation $850
Carry-over Points N/A
Misconduct on whom? Dylan Edwards

 

Name Sione Katoa
Club Sharks
Time Minute of Match 44th
Charge/Incident High tackle - Careless
Charge Grade 1
Result - Guilty or Not Guilty Plea - Early Guilty
Matches to Serve 0
Points/Fine Calculation $550
Carry-over Points N/A
Misconduct on whom? Elliott Whitehead
 

 

Name Siosifa Talakai
Club Sharks
Time Minute of Match 53rd
Charge/Incident Contrary Conduct
Charge Grade 1
Result - Guilty or Not Guilty Guilty - Early plea
Matches to Serve 0
Points/Fine Calculation $550
Carry-over Points N/A
Misconduct on whom? Hudson Young

 

Name Marata Niukore
Club Eels
Time Minute of Match 27th
Charge/Incident Crusher Tackle
Charge Grade 1
Result - Guilty or Not Guilty Guilty - Early plea
Matches to Serve 2
Points/Fine Calculation 225+45=270
Carry-over Points 70
Misconduct on whom? Tino Fa'asuamaleaui

 

Name Cameron Smith
Club Storm
Time Minute of Match 48th
Charge/Incident Dangerous Throw
Charge Grade 1
Result - Guilty or Not Guilty Guilty - Early plea
Matches to Serve 0
Points/Fine Calculation 75
Carry-over Points 75
Misconduct on whom? Dylan Brown

 

Name Chris Randall
Club Knights
Time Minute of Match 69th
Charge/Incident Crusher Tackle
Charge Grade 1
Result - Guilty or Not Guilty Early plea
Matches to Serve 2
Points/Fine Calculation 225
Carry-over Points 25
Misconduct on whom? Cody Walker